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Banbridge Newry & Mourne Area Plan 2015: Withdrawal of Plan Green Belt and Countryside Policy Area Designations.

Published on Mon, 2 Aug 2010
Draft Banbridge/Newry & Mourne Area Plan 2015: Withdrawal of Plan Green Belt and Countryside Policy Area designations as a consequence of the publication of Planning Policy Statement 21 (PPS21):Sustainable Development in the Countryside.  
The Department now wishes to make it known that objections / counter objections to the proposed Green Belt/ Countryside Policy Area designations in the draft Banbridge/Newry & Mourne Area Plan 2015 will be withdrawn in the context of the changes made to rural planning policy outlined in PPS 21.
With the publication of PPS 21 in its final form on 1st June 2010, the policies and provisions contained within it now take precedence over the policy provisions for all Green Belts and Countryside Policy Areas in existing statutory and published draft Plans, with a limited number of exceptions.
As a consequence, the Department will be withdrawing the following proposed Green Belt / Countryside Policy Area designations contained in the draft Banbridge/Newry & Mourne Area Plan 2015 when it comes to plan adoption: BC01:Belfast Metropolitan Green Belt, BC02:Rathfriland Green Belt, BC03:South Banbridge Countryside Policy Area, NC01:Newry Green Belt, NC02:Crossmaglen Green Belt, NC03:Kilkeel Green Belt, NC04:Newtownhamilton Green Belt, NC05: Rathfriland Green Belt, NC06:Mourne Countryside Policy Area, NC07:Ring of Gullion Countryside Policy Area and NC08: Newry North & West Countryside Policy Area.
In addition the Department has written to the Planning Appeals Commission on this matter to confirm that all objections and counter objections lodged to these designations are in effect redundant and therefore no longer fall to be considered.
The Department would however point out that this decision does not affect consideration of the other proposed countryside designations (Coastal Policy Area and Special Countryside Policy Areas) already heard by the Commission during the Independent Examination for the draft Banbridge/Newry & Mourne Area Plan 2015.
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